Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Kim Murphy


Los Angeles Times, since July 2003
Has worked as a foreign and national correspondent for the past 15 years covering assignments in the Middle East, Balkans, Afghanistan and the Pacific Northwest. Joined the Times Orange County Edition as a general assignment staff writer in 1983.

Orange County Register
Assistant metro editor, 1982-83; reporter, 1980-83.

Minot (N.D.) Daily News
Reporter, 1978-80.

The North Biloxian (Miss.)
Assistant editor, 1973-74.

Minot State University — Minot, North Dakota. B.A., English Literature, 1977. Magna cum laude.

Born: August 26, 1955. Indianapolis, Indiana.
Married. Two children.

• Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delt Chi, foreign correspondence, 1993.

• Los Angeles Times Editorial Award for the best project by a team of reporters from any department, 1991. Presented for a special section on the Persian Gulf War, "Witness To War."

• Los Angeles Times Publisher's Prize, for Persian Gulf War correspondence, 1990.

• Orange County Press Club Watchdog Award, 1985.

• Orange County Press Club Awards 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984.

• North Dakota Sigma Delta Chi Award, first place for best news story, 1979.

• North Dakota Press Women Award, first place for best news story, 1979.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Classmate Story Assignment

Round 1
Monday, Sept. 13

•    Spend about 15 minutes interviewing your assigned classmate. Be sure to get basic biographical info, such as age, hometown and family members. Try to get your classmate to volunteer something revealing about herself or himself.
Pay attention to descriptive detail, such as appearance and mannerisms.

•    As you conduct your interviews, try to develop a good human-interest angle as the central theme of your story. (Look at the list below, copied from “Vieth’s Six Secrets,” for examples of the universal themes that make people stories more interesting.)

Profile Assignment

PROFILE— Report and write a minimum 750-word biographical story about an interesting person you don’t already know. The subject does not need to be rich, famous or powerful; some of the most compelling profiles focus on ordinary, overlooked people. Unless I agree in advance to an exception, profiles of close friends or relatives are not allowed. Your finished story must contain original, current reporting and quotes from a minimum of three interviews. It must be suitable for publication with all sources fully identified. Your story must be accompanied by a publication-quality photograph and a source list.